The Daily Grind: Are MMOs suffering from the ‘tyranny of IP’?


Back in May, a Sony Pictures executive did a one hell of an interview on Deadline that, among other things, complained about the “tyranny of IP.”

“The trends in audience affection we’ve had the last 15 or 20 years has been the great IP era, where everything is a movie of something else. A movie of a comic book, a movie of a video game, a movie of a toy. And yet most of the movies that really register and really move the culture are movies. They’re not really movies of something. My instinct about the audience is that last year, I’m talking about 2023 now, 24 of the 25 top movies were all IP based movies. I think three or four years from now, that is not going to be true. It will be maybe half. I think we’re exiting the era of the tyranny of IP, if I may coin a phrase. Having said that, our biggest movies this year will be IP and the biggest movies in the business will be IP. Still in all, I think that the audience is hungry. Hungry for new, hungry for originality, and you’re going to see more and more of fresh experiences that break through.”

Honestly, if you care about movies, it’s worth a read just to feel a tiny bit of validation, but here and today, we’re going to talk about the concept as it pertains to MMORPGs – one of my own pet quandaries that I’ve been grappling with for the last 10 years. Do you think MMORPGs are suffering from the “tyranny of IP” right now – or are we in the dead period after that has failed?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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